Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgewood Library Awarded $1,000 Literacy Grant

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgewood Library Awarded $1,000 Literacy Grant

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The Ridgewood Public Library has been awarded a $1,000 Literacy Grant from Vernon Library Supplies for the library's "outstanding contribution towards helping new immigrants to America to achieve English proficiency and become productive, fulfilled members of their communities."

The grant will support the library's English as a Second Language program, which coordinates 49 volunteer tutors with 122 adult students representing 32 countries. Tutors offer individual sessions, conversation groups and classes that bring students together from countries such as Syria, Japan, Brazil, Panama, Bangladesh, Turkey and New Caledonia.

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library is a longtime supporter that helps produce the library's annual International Luncheon; ESL students contribute native dishes and all are honored for their year's work by Ridgewood's mayor, council and library board. …

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